Predicting the final 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Olympic Stadium will have a retractable roof in time for 2026 World Cup

The World Cup is due to feature 48 teams and will take place across three countries for the first time.

In a vote of more than 200 member nations of soccer's governing body in Moscow, the so-called United Bid beat out Morocco, 134-65. The North American bid projects US$14.3 billion in revenue compared to $7.2 billion for Morocco.

The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, while the tournament has been held twice in Mexico (1970 and 1986).

"I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream".

Thirty-two national teams are participating in the World Cup football championships in Russian Federation.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.

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Canadian cities that could host World Cup games in 2026 include Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

It will be the first time since 1994 that the USA will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Bid chairman Carlos Cordeiro has said the 2026 World Cup would hand world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association a record $11 billion profit from total revenues of $14 billion.

Of the 23 cities chosen as potential host sites, 15 now have MLS teams.

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament. We are ready made. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.

The current plan is for the host 60 matches. "We agreed on an African position and stayed with it", said Mwendwa, in an interview with the Nation Sport from Moscow. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS.

The cat follows in the tentacle-prints of Paul the Octopus who became a star in 2010 after predicting winners for that year's World Cup by choosing one out of two boxes containing food.

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